Primary Instrument: Tuba
Ralph Hepola, Minneapolis & Saint Paul, Minnesota
Principal Tubaist with Minnesota Opera at the Ordway - Minnesota's Premier Performing Arts Center
Additional experience: Switzerland's Basel Symphony Orchestra; BME, Northwestern University; The United States Army Band of Washington, D.C.
Awards:Most Recently: Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Winner; Minnesota State Arts Board Roster of Artists in Education: high caliber Minnesota artists chosen through a juried review; South Dakota Arts Council Artists in Schools and Communities; Residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation in the esteemed arts community of Taos, New Mexico; awarded internationally; Route 3 Awards: Awarded a McKnight Foundation Community Art Program Grant through Community Programs in the Arts (COMPAS) for "Celebrating Cultural Diversity with the Great American Songwriters"; Sold-out on the Twin Cities Jazz Society Concert Series performing "On the Sunny Side of the Street: Uplifting Songs from the 1930s"
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